Year 1 Blog

Welcome to the blog for our Year 1 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.

Mrs Foulds

Green Class Teacher

Mrs De Vynck

Purple Class Teacher

We have two year 1 classes. Children in these classes are developing their skills and building on the learning from Foundation Stage. When the children are ready, usually by October half term, the learning becomes based on the Key Stage One National Curriculum Programmes of Study. We still believe that children learn best when the ‘subjects’ are linked in a meaningful way and then basic skills are taught for a real purpose. We encourage the children to take ownership of their learning, ask questions and have a say in the planning process. We hope to motivate all children by taking account of their needs, strengths and interests and provide rich experiences and learning opportunities which will continue to excite them.


We have had a very busy week in year 1, doing lots of different things.

With Mrs Haynes and Mrs Hogan, we tried our ingredients for our sandwiches we will make next week.

In R.E we began the topic ’Festivals of Light’ and started by discussing about how can light makes us feel.

This half term’s topic for Geography is the countries of the United Kingdom. Yesterday we talked about England and its capital London by going on an imaginary trip around the city. Today the children wrote lovely postcards describing the landmarks we saw and talked about.

During the week we made poppy collages, which we put together as a wreath. In our assembly today we brought our class poppies in and presented them during an early Remembrance service, where we showed our respect for the fallen soldiers by giving two minutes silence.

Congratulations to our school councils for this term: Ollie and Sasha in Green Class and Caitlin and Leo in Purple Class.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Year 1 Team

Year 1 ~ Bug Club and Purple Mash

We have updated the book bands on Bug Club and added new activities on Purple Mash for all children.

The children’s login details are in their home learning books or reading diaries. If you are having problems logging on or have lost your details please let your child’s class teacher know.

Thank you,

Year 1 Team

It’s Sensational!

What a fantastic start to our second half of Autumn term. The children came back refreshed and ready to learn.

On Monday we introduced our new topic ‘It is sensational’, by naming and labeling all the main parts of the body. The children knew many difficult words such as; knuckles, spine, skull and stomach. Then on Wednesday we explored our senses in a very hands on (and feet, nose, ears and mouth) workshop.                                                                                                            

Today our ‘Big Write’ focused on describing this experience by writing sentences about all 5 senses, drawing on our activities on Wednesday.

In Maths we explored position, direction and movement. We used the beebots and created algorithms to move the beebots to given points.

In Computing we have started our new unit called ‘ We are TV chefs’ where we will film our own recipe video. This unit links with Design Technology where the children are planning and will make and evaluate a healthy sandwich. Please look at the note that has been sent home, regarding the taste test.

We are focusing on balance in PE and have loved using the apparatus today, where we were practicing jumping and landing safely.

We talked to the children about having a safe bonfire night and hope you all have a sparkling weekend.

Year 1 team.

Our fabulous first half-term

Our first half-term finished with a week packed with lovely activities and fun.

We started with a Sikh Workshop. Mr Harkirat Singh came to school on Monday and opened the day with a whole school Assembly. Afterwards he visited each classroom to talk about the Sikh way of life. In year 1 he talked about how we should be thankful for the world we live in and the children talked about ways of saying thanks and looking after all the living things and drew the things they thought need caring for in the world.

Then we perfected our songs during Music time getting ready for our double performance on Thursday. We were really proud of how they remembered the words for all the songs and especially how they performed the Year 1 song, “How many people here for dinner?”.

You may have noticed that we haven’t sent any extra tasks on their home learning books today. We understand that they all need a week of fun and family time.

It was lovely meeting you all during Parents Consultations on the last couple of days and getting to understand your children better.

We wish you all a restful and peaceful week and look forward to welcoming you back on the 30th October.

Mrs De Vynck and Mrs Foulds

Week 6 in Year 1

Another fun and busy week in Year 1. We have been practicing our songs for the Harvest Concert which some children are finding challenging as there are many long words and complex rhythms. However, they are working hard on learning the lyrics and singing tunefully.

In Maths we started our unit on Shapes and were pleasantly surprised with their previous knowledge and how they are deepening what they already know. They have sorted shapes according to their properties and discussed which shapes are better for building, explaining using mathematical vocabulary.

This morning, we talked about our trip to Highfield Park and planned our writing using talk for writing. Ask the children to retell you our morning in the park using the actions we created today. Each child created their own map and started to write using it as a guide. We will continue this activity next week.

We look forward to meeting you next week during Parent Consultation evenings as well as Harvest concerts.

Have you all a autumnal weekend and we see you all on Monday for our last week of this half-term.

A few more pictures from our trip to Highfield Park:

Mrs De Vynck and Mrs Foulds

A walk in the park

What a lovely day we had today. Despite the weather forecast looking a bit grim, Year 1 walked to Highfield Park this morning for an Autumnal outdoor experience. They enjoyed different activities in their groups which included exploring the maze, looking for different trees, rubbing leaves and tree bark and making natural collages on the ground.

They made us all proud with their enthusiasm, curiosity and excellent behaviour. We will write a recount of our first trip on Friday during our big write and we are sure they will all have fantastic ideas.

Once again thank you to the parents who volunteered today. For those who couldn’t come today and would like to join us on our next walking adventure, please pencil in the 4th December on your diaries. More details to come soon!

Bits and bobs required in Early Years please


We are trying to enhance our outdoor provision. If you have any of the following, would you please donate them.

  • tin teapots
  • plastic animas
  • off cuts of carpet
  • dressing up clothes
  • hats
  • shoes
  • fairies
  • dolls and doll clothing
  • plastic flowers
  • large cable reels
  • play dough
  • malleable items
  • girls small world play
  • swatches of fabric
  • sandpaper
  • large slices of logs
  • plastic boats
  • paintbrushes
  • paint rollers
  • plants, like spider plants
  • bubble wrap

Many Thanks




A bit of drama in Year 1 ~ Week 5

Another very busy week in Year 1. In Maths we have finished our unit on addition and subtraction within 10 and the children are applying their number bonds to write and solve equations.

They have been learning to program the bee-bots and really loved using them in the classroom. They can give simple instructions and test them out on the bee-bot mats. They can experiment at home using the bee-bot app on Purple Mash.

Continuing with our Under the Sea theme, the children described sea related settings in their big write today. After that, they had a lovely drama workshop with Perform, a local performing arts company. They pretended to be divers in search of the mystery sea creature and the stolen mother pearl.

We are looking forward to our walk to Highfield Park on Wednesday. If you have yet not handed in the authorization forms, please do so asap. If your child has wellington boots, could you please send them, in a plastic bag, on Wednesday morning (clearly labelled) in case we need them. Sturdy shoes are suitable and a warm coat is essential even if the weather forecast is favorable.

Have you all a wonderful weekend.

The Year 1 team.

Dressing up clothes


If you have any dressing up clothes that your child has grown out of, would you please donate them to the EYFS.

Many Thanks


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